The strip of Balboa near 19th Avenue in the Richmond "really needed a good neighborhood cafe," says Cem Salur, and that's exactly what he's hoping to provide—with a dose of cinematic flair inspired by his film-school education. Orson's Belly (named for Mr. Welles, of course) will not only offer cafe fare, but a selection of movie-themed memorabilia, from silent films screening on the wall and vintage posters (many for sale) decorating the space. "I wanted to blend cinema and hospitality in a cafe environment," says Salur, and he found the perfect space in the form of a dive bar that's been vacant for a decade.
Tablehopper got the first word on the project, which will have 50 seats and feature Four Barrel coffee and pastries in the morning, and fresh-baked quiches and sandwiches on house-baked bread in the afternoon. In the evening, Salur hopes to segue into a wine-bar vibe, with cheese plates and other bar snacks to accompany a selection of local craft beers and NorCal wines. He's also hoping to do kids' nights, where he screens a movie for tots while their parents kick back with a drink. Orson's Belly is looking to make an August debut, in time for Outside Lands and the end of the summer movie season.